adjective ep·i·cene \ˈe-pə-ˌsēn\

Definition of EPICENE

of a noun :  having but one form to indicate either sex
a :  having characteristics typical of the other sex :  intersexual
b :  effeminate
:  lacking characteristics of either sex
epicene noun
ep·i·cen·ism \-ˌsē-ˌni-zəm, ˌe-pə-ˈ\ noun

Examples of EPICENE

  1. <an ancient statue of a young man of graceful, epicene beauty>

Origin of EPICENE

Middle English, from Latin epicoenus, from Greek epikoinos, from epi- + koinos common — more at co-
First Known Use: 15th century


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